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Old 02-01-2012, 07:08 AM   #16
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Yes, I am quite pleased with the bike performance as well. I did cca 6000 kilometers this summer on the bike in such a beatten up condition and it is insane, especiall between 12-14.000 Rpm, not bad for a 22 year old :-) The bike doesn't have any modifications on it except full yoshimura exhaust sistem - 4 in 1 + too loud pipe, which I silenced in the nearby Akrapovič service. It was 117 decibels, now it is 94 but it still gets my girl deaff. ( And I am not complaining because I don't actually hear her screeaming into my ears ) :-)
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #17
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I know it is a lot more interesting with pictures :-)

Well, I had a pretty interesting afternoon. I decided to service the forks, and well well, I opened the left one, no biggy, drained, dissasembeled, 5 minutes work. I started to dissasemble the right one, and the top plug wont depress, the ring is stuck as shit. I used the biggest rubber hammer in the house, 1400 grams ( cca 3 lbs ) and started to pound the shit out of the sucker but it wuldnt budge. I disconected it from the lower clamp and whadaya now, the little coc#sucking prick of a Previous Owner failed to mention that he "REPAIRED" the bloody thing. It was hidden under the lower calmp. He actually straigtened the fork tube in a vice or something. I don't usualy dissasemble the bike's forks when I am interested in buying it, so " I failed to notice " :-) The new Fu&#%g tube costs around 10$ and he risked his own life ( not to mention a courtesy of at least telling me when I bought the thing ). I am gonna sucker punch him if I see him again, and then I am going to buy him a beer. And then I am gonna rape him... ( just kidding, I am getting a little bit graphic because a bent and not fixed fork is not something you don't mention when you are selling a 150 mph bike )

Ok, I got it out of my system now

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Lets get constructive. I didn't really like the zzr forks, because they are pretty much the most basic type of forks that you can get. I really like the idea of the USD one, so I am going to research a bit to see what bike front end would filt my bike without too much brain surgery. This means I need the front forks, clamps, brakes fender and bunch of other lovely stuff, or I am just going to source a straight zzr fork tube for 10 $ and get on with it :-)

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Well, at least it has got some interpretation of prgressive spring in it :-) I can't wait to see what is in the right one, when I grind it in half tomorow with a grinder :-) I bet it is filled with some sponge and used condoms from some strange gras smoking ritual the previous owner used to attend :-)

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Old 02-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #18
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One of the best engine ever built... I had a 1993 Fuchsia and purple ZX-6 E that I traded in for a brand new 1999 SV650, back when. I missed the motor from that bike, it was one of the fastest engine built from Kawasaki for a 600 ever!!!

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:54 AM   #19
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Thanks ;-)

I am not sure if it is the fastest, but it is out there. I started this project because all of the "legends" that people said about this 600 bulletproof engine. I heard stories of 110.000 mile bikes that are still going strong without mayor faults, so that was enough for me. I don't need a rocket, I just want to make a comfortable and fast touring bike on my own specs :-)
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:42 AM   #20
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I have been drinking around for the past few days, and when I got home this is what I found :-)

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So I wrapped it up, I am waiting for the warmer days to start the engine, most of the next updates will be on the frame and suspension

bloody alcohol :-)
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #22
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Talking

Ha ha ha ha ha :-) Slažem se, prokleti alkohol ;-)
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:30 AM   #23
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the engine looks like a quiet unhappy robot bitching about the freezing weather
hope its time to warm up will come soon!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:36 PM   #24
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #25
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Biiig update :-)

Hy folks, loong time no se :-)

I haven't been around lately, last year was really adventure packed, I traveled around half of the world, I have been sailing for 80 days ( 50 of them from Caribean to Italy across Atlantic ocean ) and skiing for around 50 and the rest of the time I was working my ass of :-)

Finally, I had couple of easy days lately, so I managed to get back to my kawasaki project. I sent the frame, subframe, rear fork, givi brackets and wheels to be profesionally sandblasted, and then I had to go away from the country for a long time, so half of my bike was sitting at the sandblasters garage for six months :-) Two weeks ago I picked up the parts and brought them home, and I started to paint them with duplicolor aerosol matt black :-)

I cleaned the engine, and pretty much every single part of the bike by hand, really huge amount of hours were spent getting this baby cleaned. There was 23 year old grease on some places, and that fucker is hard to clean.

Ok, here are some pictures of the process, there will be a lot more soon, because I will be at home in Croatia for the next couple of weeks, so I hope that I will spend my free time building the bike.

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:55 PM   #26
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I am sorry for the crappy pictures, it is dark outside and the camera is shitty :-)

I finally managed to remove the bike from the garden and I have put it in the house, I just hope that I will be able to take it outside once it is finished :-)

Here are few picture of my really messy and unpractical mancave :-)

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:07 PM   #27
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And I started to put the bike together, I am just mocking it up at this point because I have to decide how a tail is going to look, like, and I am not going to put front fairings on at this point, at least not this year because I won't have the time and the money to do what I want so I am going to put a nice round healdight and some nice rear led lights for now, so I can get it registered an ride it this year :-)

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I have to replace the stator cover ( this one is welded, it is OK but it is ugly as fuck :-) )

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I painted pretty much everything matt black, and I am going tu use nice stainless screws allround the bike

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #28
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To do list:

  1. tyres - I am still debating between standard 120/160 or some gravel orientated 120/140-150, I have to check the clearances and to see if I could get the bike road legal with offroad tyres
  2. lights - front, rear, and blinkers, most will be LED
  3. electrics - plug, test, weld, retest, reveld and heatshrink and insulate and overkill every single bit
  4. KOSO digital speedo
  5. heated grips + 2 12V outlets
  6. rear fender and rear end, fiberglass or some kind of molding, I haven't decided yet because I will incorporate rear givi brackets with the rear subframe
  7. ride the living shit out of it :-)
I really hope that the next update will be soon, because I had the last update a year ago :-)


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Old 01-10-2013, 07:40 PM   #29
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Starting to look like a bike

Today I have spent few hours searching the optimal position to mount the givi brackets for sidecases. When I bought the bike i mounted a 46L topcase aswell but the bike was ugly and it reached so far behind so I decided that I am going to mount only the side ones. It is not so complicated, but the originals are from my old Versys so I had to find a sturdy points to bolt il all securely...

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #30
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I mounted the handlebars just to check the ergonomics

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It looks nice and tidy :-)

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checking the mounting options

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This is the final position for the mounts

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To me it looks very sturdy and solid, I managed to squize it in nice and tidy

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Unfortunately, my working area is very limited, so I maneged to mount only one case

and it is ENORMOUS and the wide lens really makes it look stupidly big :-)

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In real life, it looks a LOT smaller, it is a standard 35 liters Givi monokey

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